Ropes can bind and waters can drown, but Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha in all his effulgence teaches us how to never get overpowered by either.
Having given us a solid picture of the sthitaprajna state, Swamiji now takes us to the interactive phase of such an exalted one. We have been told time and again that all the objects of the world are nothing but imprints in the mind. Swamiji dissects the three strands of the mind rope – raga (attraction), dvesha (repulsion) and bhaya (fear) – which are the roots of agitation and torment. Once we understand that our mind too is nothing but the imperishable Consciousness, just like our Spiritual Masters we move about in the world as a sthitadhih, remaining stable-minded through all interactions, remaining buoyant through the waves of sukha and duhkha.
Bhagavad Gita 2.54, 2.55, 2.56
Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.3, 11.8.1, 11.19.30
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.